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Happiness for Humans$
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Daniel C. Russell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.001.0001

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The Embodied Conception of the Self

The Embodied Conception of the Self

(p.199) 9 The Embodied Conception of the Self
Happiness for Humans

Daniel C. Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter articulates and clarifies the conception of activity as embodied in relationships and projects that make one’s life recognizable as one’s own. It focuses on serious life-changes and especially loss, examining research suggesting that the loss of bodily function or a loved one is often experienced as changing one’s sense of oneself. Such an experience illuminates the idea of one’s activity as “embodied” in one’s life-shaping relationships and projects.

Keywords:   activity, assumptive world, bereavement, bodily change, body image, body schema, Shaun Gallagher, grief, C. S. Lewis, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, psychological identity, psychosocial transitions, self

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